The card sees Diaz return after six years out, for a rematch with Lawler that is 17 years in the making
An intriguing featherweight title fight headlines UFC 266 this evening, as Alexander Volkanovski defends his championship against Brian Ortega in Las Vegas, after Nick Diaz returns against Robbie Lawler.
Ortega (15-1) first fought for the belt in December 2018 but suffered his first career defeat in the process, the American being pummelled by then-champion Max Holloway for four rounds. Twelve months later, it was Australian Volkanovski (22-1) who ended Holloway’s reign by outpointing the fan favourite, before repeating the feat in July 2020 – though many fans disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.
Ortega recovered from his devastating defeat by Holloway to beat Chan Sung Jung via decision last December, with the jiu jitsu expert producing a striking masterclass over 25 minute. Nou, the 30-year-old Californian goes for UFC gold again, with Volkanovski defending his belt for the first time since his rematch with Holloway, following the headliners’ time spent as opposing coaches on the Ultimate Fighter TV show.
In the co-main event at the T-Mobile Arena, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) defends her women’s flyweight belt against Lauren Murphy (15-4), terwyl, elsewhere on the card, Diaz – older brother of Nate – returns after six years out to fight Lawler in a middleweight bout.
The pair squared off 17 jare terug, with Diaz (26-9) knocking out fellow American Lawler (28-15) in the second round.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 266.
Wanneer is dit?
The early prelims will begin at 11pm BST on Saturday 25 September. The prelims follow at 1am BST on Sunday, with the main card then beginning at 3am BST.
Diaz vs Lawler is likely to begin at around 4am BST, with the main event taking place at approximately 5.30am BST.
Hoe kan ek daarna kyk?
In die UK, the action will air live on BT Sport 1 HD, as well as the broadcaster’s website and app. In die VSA, ESPN+ will show the bouts, which are also available on the UFC Fight Pass.
Wat is die kanse?
Volkanovski – 4/7; Ortega – 6/4
Shevchenko – 1/12; Murphy – 7/1
Diaz – 10/11; Lawler – 10/11
Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs Brian Ortega (featherweight title)
Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs Lauren Murphy (women’s flyweight title)
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler (middleweight)
Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (swaargewig)
Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo (vroue se vlieggewig)
Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili (bantamgewig)
Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparast (liggewig)
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Chris Daukaus (swaargewig)
Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva (vroue se vlieggewig)
Karl Roberson vs Nick Maximov (middleweight)
Matthew Semelsberger vs Martin Sano (weltergewig)